Louise Dyble is an associate in the Real Estate, Energy, Land Use & Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Louise helps clients navigate the complex landscape of environmental law, focusing on regulatory compliance and defense.
Louise advises clients on matters involving a range of environmental laws, including CERCLA (Superfund), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA, FIFRA and TSCA. She represents clients facing remediation requirements and/or natural resource damages claims in state and federal court. Louise has more than five years of experience advising clients on compliance and risk management related to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other “emerging contaminants.” She is effective in defending companies facing regulatory enforcement, damages claims and/or criminal liability associated with hazardous substances and other environmental issues. Louise also advises on liability and risk associated with real property transactions, including complex industrial and commercial properties, redevelopment and brownfields projects.
Louise assists clients subject to state as well as federal environmental regulations, including programs related to air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, water quality and monitoring, water rights and groundwater management (including under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act), and stormwater and wastewater management and treatment. She advises clients subject to regulation by the California Public Utilities Commission, including energy and water companies. She helps clients navigate the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at all stages, from project proposal through the resolution of appeals.
Louise’s experience as a professional historian supports her work as an advocate, particularly on behalf of clients facing potential remediation costs for longstanding contamination under CERCLA and related state laws. She has a PhD in history from the University of California Berkeley (Cal), and has taught classes on urban and environmental history and policy at Cal, Caltech, USC, and Michigan Technological University. She has published articles and books on the history of infrastructure, land use and local food, and regional government.
- The Future of SEPs in Citizen SuitsABA Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2021
- Federal PFAS Regulation and the StatesWestlaw, 04.2020
- Aquifers and Democracy: Enforcing Voter Equal Protection to Save California’s Imperiled Groundwater and Redeem Local GovernmentCalifornia Law Review, 10.2017
- Infrastructure and Land Policies, Lincoln Institute, 2013
- Tolls and Control: The Chicago Skyway and the Pennsylvania TurnpikeJournal of Planning History, 02.2012
- Reconstructing Transportation: Linking Tolls and Transit for Place-Based MobilityThe Johns Hopkins University Press Technology and Culture, 2009
- The Defeat of the Golden Gate Authority: Regional Planning and Local PowerJournal of Urban History, 01.2008
- Revolt Against Sprawl: Transportation and the Origins of the Marin County Growth Control RegimeJournal of Urban History, 11.2007
Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts
- "Turbulence Ahead for the Clean Water Act: Agencies Redefine “Waters of the United States” as SCOTUS Prepares to Rule in Sackett v. EPA," January 18, 2023
- "EPA Endorses New Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments," January 11, 2023
- "PFAS As Hazardous Substances: Top 5 Implications For Businesses," September 14, 2022
- "PFAS Regulations Could Open Floodgates to Prop 65 Enforcement – Assess & Manage Your Exposure Now," June 27, 2022
- "Uncertainty Over ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Definition Continues, as Federal Court in Arizona Vacates 2020 Rule," September 7, 2021
- "Organics Advocates Dig In With Ninth Circuit Appeal Challenging Certification for Hydroponics," June 15, 2021
Cannabis Law Blog Posts
- "California Breaks New Ground With OCal: Answers to Key Questions About “Comparable-to-Organic” Cannabis," August 9, 2021
Energy Law Blog Posts
- New Standards for Environmental Diligence: What They Mean for Prospective Owners, Operators and InvestorsWebinar, 02.07.2023
- Presented by Sheppard Mullin and SLR, Webinar, 06.09.2022
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2016, Environmental Law Certificate
PH.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1995, magna cum laude